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Breaking News: Prisoner on the Run


It has been reported that fifty-year old David Mellis, a minimum security inmate, is on the run after escaping from Long Bay Correctional Centre shortly after 11am this morning. Minimum security inmates are often permitted to work in the grounds surrounding the prison complex, and Mr Mellis is believed to have escaped wearing a high-visibility ...

Dutton Settles Asylum Seeker Claim But Denies Responsibility


The Federal Government has agreed to pay $70 million to asylum seekers who suffered physical and psychological harm on Manus Island. In a class action brought by 1,905 detainees held between 2012 and 2016, the plaintiffs alleged the government had falsely imprisoned them in light of a ruling by the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Supreme Court ruled ...

Police Arrest Patient For Possessing Medicinal Cannabis: An Interview with MCUA’s Deb Lynch


On June 19, Queensland police arrested Deb Lynch, secretary of the Medicinal Cannabis Users Association of Australia (MCUA), on charges of possessing a dangerous drug. Several officers were at her Cornubia residence on a different matter, when they noticed her cannabis medicine. Ms Lynch suffers from multiple conditions, including Scleroderma and post-traumatic stress disorder. And ...

Tough Bail Laws Can Affect Anyone, Not Just ‘Criminals’


The presumption of innocence is a fundamental principle of criminal law. It posits that a person is to be presumed innocent until and unless the prosecution is able to establish his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The principle is meant to ensure that people are not pre-judged or punished over unproven allegations, and ...

A Victory for the Street Kitchen and Safe Space, As Government Provides Housing


In an unprecedented move, Housing NSW has “throw out the rule book” and offered housing to the rough sleepers who’ve been staying overnight at Sydney’s 24-7 Street Kitchen and Safe Space. On Saturday, City of Sydney council workers and NSW police turned up at Martin Place with a number of dump trucks to evict dozens ...

Man Appeals to High Court After Prosecution Expert is Discredited


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim In October 1972, Frits Van Beelan was convicted of murdering 15-year old Deborah Leach in Adelaide’s north-west, and sentenced to death. He successfully appealed the conviction, but a jury once again found him guilty in July 1973 after a retrial, and he was again sentenced to death. A further ...

City of Sydney Shuts Down 24-7 Street Kitchen and Safe Space


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Homelessness is a growing problem in Sydney, with hundreds of people sleeping rough in and around the CBD every night. These people have nowhere else to stay, and with the city’s lack of public housing and current housing affordability crisis, they are left to fend for themselves in the ...

Turnbull Clears the Way for Indian Company to Build Adani Mine


A bill amending native title law was passed in the Senate on June 14 with bipartisan support. In February, attorney-general George Brandis rushed the legislation through the lower house in response to a Federal Court decision that threatened past and future Indigenous land use agreements (ILUA). The Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017 reversed a ...

Applying for Asylum: An Interview with Asylum Seekers Centre’s Steven Glass


At the end of May, Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton gave 7,500 asylum seekers until October 1 to lodge their applications for a visa, or face deportation. Dutton went so far as to imply that some of these people – who made the dangerous journey to Australia by boat – were “fake refugees.” He declared the “game ...

Victoria Police May Get the Power to Search Without a Reason


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Victoria police are pushing the Andrews government to expand police search powers at music festivals, so that officers are able to search patrons for drugs without having a reasonable suspicion to do so. Police claim the powers are necessary to counter the spate of drug-related deaths across the state ...